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West Fingle Farmhouse

A Grade II Listed Building in Drewsteignton, Devon

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Latitude: 50.7081 / 50°42'29"N

Longitude: -3.7861 / 3°47'9"W

OS Eastings: 273983

OS Northings: 91354

OS Grid: SX739913

Mapcode National: GBR QF.8R33

Mapcode Global: FRA 27Y6.QTC

Plus Code: 9C2RP657+7H

Entry Name: West Fingle Farmhouse

Listing Date: 4 March 1988

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1326096

English Heritage Legacy ID: 94871

Location: Drewsteignton, West Devon, Devon, EX6

County: Devon

District: West Devon

Civil Parish: Drewsteignton

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Drewsteignton

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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5/76 West Fingle Farmhouse


Farmhouse. C16 and C17, renovated 1986. Plastered cob on stone rubble footings,
lower end rebuilt with C20 concrete blocks; disused cob hall stack, lower end stack
rebuilt with concrete blocks; thatch roof.
Plan and development: L-shaped building. The main block faces north-west and is
built down a gentle slope. It has a 3-room-and-through-passage plan with an
unheated inner room uphill at the right end. Hall has an axial stack backing onto
former through passage. Service end room has projecting end stack inserted or
rebuilt in 1986. 1-room plan dairy block projecting forward at right angles in
front of the inner room overlapping the hall and including the newel staircase from
the upper end of the hall. Since no full internal inspection was available at the
time of this survey the historic development of the house cannot be outlined here.
Nevertheless it seems likely that the original house was some kind of open hall
house, maybe heated by an open hearth fire. The hall fireplace was probably
inserted in the late C16 - early C17 and the house progressively floored over
between the mid C16 and mid C17. The dairy block is a C17 or C18 addition. It
might have been a Dartmoor longhouse but any evidence for this has been removed in
the thorough 1986 renovation (near complete rebuild) of this end. Now 2 storeys
Exterior: on the front, inner room and most of the hall lies behind the dairy
block. The rest includes a single C20 casement with glazing bars on each floor.
The passage front doorway is boarded up at the time of survey. The rear also has
C20 casements with glazing bars and passage rear doorway is blocked. Roof of main
and dairy blocks are gable-ended.
Interior: was not available for complete inspection at the time of this survey.
However the hall has an upper end oak plank-and-muntin screen, the muntins chamfered
with step stops high enough to accommodate an upper end bench below. The hall
fireplace is blocked by a C19 grate. Crossbeam here has broad soffit-chamfers with
large step stops. The lower passage partition has been removed and the service end
crossbeams replaced by C20 RSJs. This section has an early-mid C17 roof of A-frame
trusses with pegged lap-jointed collars and dovetail halvings. The rest of the roof
and the dairy block were not inspected.

Listing NGR: SX7398391354

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